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When you will revalidate

Unless we tell you otherwise, you will usually revalidate once every five years.

There may be some circumstances where we have to change your revalidation submission date or defer taking further steps in relation to your revalidation. If we do this, we will tell you why. Examples of such circumstances include:

  • if you are subject to a GMC fitness to practise investigation and we need to delay the revalidation process until the outcome of the investigation is known, or
  • if you do not sufficiently engage with the processes to support revalidation.

We will always give you at least three months’ notice of any change to your revalidation submission date.

We will use the information we get from your annual returns, your assessment, and any other information we have requested from you about your revalidation when we make a decision about your revalidation.

If you achieve the required standard in the assessment and have met all the other requirements in our step-by-step process for doctors without a connection to a designated body or suitable person, you will be revalidated. If you do not fulfil all these requirements we will decide if you need more time. You can find more information about our decision in the next chapter.